Call to Action: regularization is the only solution in this time of crisis

May 19, 2020
Call to Action: regularization is the only solution in this time of crisis

#StatusForAll #FreeThemAll After several weeks of confinement and despite a call for help from undocumented people and their allied organizations, the Canadian government has continued to ignore the concerning situation of hundreds of thousands of non-status people. Across Canada, thousands of men, women and families have found themselves at the mercy of COVID-19 simply because they don’t have healthcare cards. And if that wasn’t enough, people without status, even though they are one of the most vulnerable communities in our society, do not currently benefit from any of the Trudeau government’s emergency measures. Those of us without status know...

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As Laval Detention Centre Empties, CBSA Pushes Tracking Bracelets on Migrants

May 13, 2020

Community Update #FreeThemAll #StatusForAll #HungerStrikeLaval #BordeauxHungerStrike Solidarity action at the Laval Immigration Holding Centre, April 19th 2020. After two months of resistance by detainees and their supporters, the Laval Immigration Holding Centre now stands almost empty. Only 2 men and 1 woman remain inside, watched over by dozens of guards. While the struggle continues to empty this prison entirely, and to ensure it never reopens, we now confront other ways the state controls migrants and is even pushing forward new forms of surveillance under cover of the pandemic.  At the end of March, detainees in Laval’s migrant prison (run...

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Undocumented migrants speak out: regularization is the only solution in this time of crisis.

April 30, 2020
Undocumented migrants speak out: regularization is the only solution in this time of crisis.

Montréal April 29, 2020 To our neighbours, In a socioeconomic context almost entirely dominated by COVID-19, which has upset the status quo and undermined our daily habits in a far-reaching way, it has become more clear to us than ever that society depends on each and everyone of us in this exhausting fight against this pandemic. If we agree that COVID-19 does not in any way discriminate on the basis of our status or where we come from, it then follows that the measures necessary to combat this pandemic also cannot be discriminatory. Unfortunately, we have been forced to...

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Statement on the Disruption of our April 19th Press Conference

April 25, 2020

  On April 19th, Solidarity Across Borders organized an online press conference to launch the #FreeThemAll #StatusForAll caravan mobilization taking place from coast to coast. We invited journalists to hear from those on the frontlines of the struggle to free everyone still locked up in Canada’s prisons and migrant detention centres during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The conference, held on Zoom, was disrupted by people who played graphic videos of horrific sexual abuse of young children. They were removed from the conference as soon as possible but participants were extremely shaken...

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April 19 #FreeThemAllCaravan Reportback and Video

April 21, 2020

. On April 19th, solidarity caravans drove to prisons and migrant detention centres across the country as part of a day of action against imprisonment. The caravans made noise and held signs in solidarity with those locked up. This mobilization brought together former detainees, prison abolitionists, and migrant justice activists in a first united call, across so-called Canada, to demand the immediate release of all prisoners and status for all migrants in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. . We’ve included links to footage and report-backs from the different caravans below. You can also listen to a special live...

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COVID-19 Fundraiser | We still need your support.

April 9, 2020
COVID-19 Fundraiser | We still need your support.

We still need your support, please consider taking a moment to donate to our COVID-19 fundraiser as a way to directly support our non-status community members. Many members of the Solidarity Across Borders network who have lost their jobs are now also at risk of losing their homes because they cannot pay the rent. Some do not have enough money for food nor are they able to pay their bills. Additionally, we have also received calls for support from non-status residents looking for resources to take care of themselves and their families, given that at this moment there is...

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#HungerStrikeLaval Teach in – The Struggle Continues

April 8, 2020
#HungerStrikeLaval Teach in – The Struggle Continues

Ex-detainees and hunger strikers speak up about the urgency of releasing all those detained amidst COVID-19 pandemic. When: Saturday 11 April Time: 2pm to 4pm Place: Online. Facebook event *** Please sign up here and we will send a link on the day of the event! **** Description: Between March 24 and 31, migrants detained in Laval’s migrant prison went on hunger strike to demand that the detainees be freed and be given access to necessary health care and housing. Their fight has generated an outpouring of solidarity from coast to coast, and continues to strengthen the movement to...

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